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Calvinism - pagina 4

the origin and safeguard of our constitutional liberties

2 minuten leestijd

Calvinism and

646 in

[Oct.

the cabinet of Catherine de' Medici, and led to the horrors

of the Bartholomew massacre.

saw through

this,

and

led

it

" If then Calvinism

tion.

allow your

Huguenots

is

Admiral de Coligni likewise

him

to devdse a plan of coloniza-

not to be tolerated

to emigrate to

America.

be a Catholic France with Calvinistic colonies.

in

France,

Let there

Then

will

our persecutions be ended, and as a naval power also, France will

be the successful competitor of Spain and Portugal."

deemed this project not altogether impracticable, August of 1555 Durand de Villegagnon, a Maltese Knight, and Vice-Admiral of Bretagne, set sail with two of

Henry

and

11.

in

the king's

men-of-war, to found a colony

Bay

in

Brazil.

He

of Janeiro, planted the flag of France, and

landed

in the

named

the fort which he built Coligni, after the hero whose

project he

was carrying

In the following year three

out.

ships of the royal navy were employed in the transportation

But, alas! even then a less noble intention

of emigrants.

was entertained to introduce

at court.

Orders were sent to Fort Coligni

Romish worship.

This put a stop to further

Huguenot emigration, and those who were already in Brazil were overtaken by the Portuguese and most pitilessly massacred.

But de Coligni went on, and

in

1562 induced King Charles

IX. to send out three men-of-war with Huguenot colonists

North America. The fort they built was named, after the king, Carolina, to which in their turn the states of North and South Carolina owe their name. By bad management, however, this fort also fell into the enemy's hands. The Spanish marines took it, and the Huguenots they strung on trees,

to

with the base superscription over their heads: heretics, not as

Frenchmen."

"Killed as

This cruelty became the more

in history becaus.e it incited that Gascony nobleman, Dominique de Gourgues, to take revenge by going to America, and obtaining a hearing with the Indians; with their help to recapture this fort, and then, with equal cruelty,

notorious

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 34 Pagina's

Calvinism - pagina 4

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